Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZE & Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm f/2 ZF.2 review: A high quality wide-angle prime for Canon and Nikon

By Paul Carroll - Monday April 08 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Measurement | Comparisons | Conclusion

Fantastic build and Bokeh, but own brand offers better features with comparable overall image quality

The latest incarnation of the Carl Zeiss Distagon T 25mm wide-angle prime offers a real improvement in overall image quality and sharpness compared to the alternative Distagon T 25mm f/2.8 ZF.2. A sharpness score of 22P-Mpix for the ZF.2 version is impressive, but with a big $1699 price tag, own brand options – such as the $1799 Nikkor 24mm f/1.4G ED or $1749 Canon 24mm f/1.4L II – offer comparable if not slightly better image quality overall, as well as additional features, such as full autofocus, and a faster maximum aperture. What’s more, if you’re after a Canon wide-angle prime and can accept a f/2.8 maximum aperture with Image Stabilization, image quality on the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM just nudges out the Zeiss and is an excellent cheaper alternative.